For­mer coun­cil­lor ques­tions town spend­ing

The Compass - - OPINION -

I would like to com­ment on a re­cent de­ci­sion by the Clarke’s Beach town coun­cil to spend $ 40,000 on the pur­chase of a piece of prop­erty at 164-168 Con­cep­tion Bay High­way, al­most di­rectly across the street from the mu­nic­i­pal build­ing.

Dur­ing the last big storm we had some years ago this piece of land was al­most lost to the sea. Now coun­cil is will­ing to spend $40.000 on it?

Will it go down the drain or out to sea, train sta­tion build­ing and all? There are a lot of peo­ple that could care less. Dur­ing the last elec­tion they ac­cused me of be­ing the only one that wanted to move the sta­tion. What a joke.

Was an ap­praisal done to get a fair mar­ket value of this prop­erty?

The for­mer train sta­tion, mean­while, is a wreck now. Just think what it will be if moved to the beach, ex­posed to the el­e­ments of the At­lantic Ocean.

To me, it seems that this group has no trou­ble spend­ing our taxes.

With the prom­ise of higher prop­erty as­sess­ments next year, of about 40 per cent or so, lets see how coun­cil ad­just the mill rate to lessen the burden on tax­pay­ers. Like one coun­cil­lor said: “We will get more re­mu­ner­a­tion if prop­erty rates go up.” This shows the pri­or­ity of this group. What’s next? Maybe a shut­tle ser­vice for the coun­cil­lors?

Frank Evely Sr. is a for­mer long­time mem­ber of the Clarke’s

Beach town coun­cil

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